Economists and politicians regularly promise to eliminate all those familiar "boom or bust" cyclic patterns by governmental fine tuning* While this is a most admirable goal, astrologers and other students of cycles know that there is a constant fluctuation between alternating periods of optimism (bullishness) and pessimism (bearishness) in economic and business life. Rather than attempt to alter this essential rhythm, it is far wiser to take advantage of these swings in mood or mass feeling and tailor activities accordingly. Astrology offers the investors and traders a unique tool for timing these changes and indicating their direction.
Louise McWhirter's book ASTROLOGY AND STOCK MARKET FORECASTING is a superb source of information and techniques for those who not only have the requisite astrological knowledge but also the experience in trading. However, there are several other important factors that the would-be trader must take into consideration.
Before you rush out with her book in hand to your nearest broker, please read on this distillate of wisdom from one who has paid her tuition for knowledge in this specialized field. I have made money and I have lost money trading commodities» puts and calls (long before they were as popular as they are today) and stocks. 1 would dearly love to credit my successes to me and my superior techniques and my failures to bad companions, but if I am to be honest and extract something useful from the experience to pass on, I have to admit my complicity in the disasters and analyze them meticulously.
Therefore, the best piece of advice I can offer anyone who intends to try to make money in the stock and commodity markets is, "know thyself" intimately, not only through in* formation gained from a careful study of your own natal chart but also through a careful analysis of your behavior, your attitudes and motivations, your needs and, finally, your greed quotient. You will have to ask yourself searching questions and answer them honestly, even if the answers do not exactly agree with that ideal image of yourself. To the extent that you answer truthfully you will be in a better position to know whether you have the necessary talents and qualities of personality to function effectively in this emotion-laden area.
The capacity for objectivity and detachment is absolutely essential to avoid the most common error made by "market losers"—that of identifying with the position taken. This is likely to occur when you feel that the stock or commodity must go up (or down) because you have bought (or sold). Perhaps that stock or commodity does not feel like going up (or down) at the moment, and the fact that you have bought (or sold) will not influence its course one whit. Indeed, markets in general are singularly unimpressed with the identity of either buyer or seller. Although it is difficult to admit that one has made an error either in judgment or timing (timing errors can be just as serious), failures and mistakes are inherent in the human condition. Efforts to prove that one is immune to the working out of this law by hanging onto mistaken trades can be very costly.
Analyses of traders, both the successful and unsuccessful ones, done by brokerage houses, have shown that money-making traders do not have more right trades than wrong trades. However, they do close out their mistaken ones more quickly and allow the correct ones to run on profitably until
there is a change in the situation. In other words, those who make money in these markets are not afraid to admit error and take small losses from time to time when they are wrong. They rarely become so emotionally involved that they "marry their positions." You must therefore ask yourself whether you can admit to mistakes without your basic security being jeopardized. Unless you have cultivated this ability, stay away from trading.
How is your patience quotient? If this is not your forte, perhaps you will do better making money in another field. As we say endlessly, without really hearing what it is that we are saying, "there is a time for everything". Nowhere is this aphorism more valid than in the money markets. Saturn is the lord of both patience and timing as well as success in trading. Can you sit out a correct position until it has gone as far as it can profitably or are you in mortal terror that the profits will evaporate? The saturnian qualities of careful investigation before investing and moderation in expectations rather than the negative qualities of fearfulness and greed must predominate to insure good results.
Are you impulsive? If you are, and have not learned to curb its excessive manifestations, you will find yourself in some rather unfortunate financial positions which could have been avoided with a little forethought. You may be lucky occasionally, but luck is a very slim reed to lean on for long-term trading. If Mars and Jupiter are doing dynamic things to each other in your chart, look out for a tendency to be impulsive; otherwise, you may be more likely to lose your shirt than make a fortune.
Are you highly suggestible? If you are, but have the requisite qualities otherwise, this is not a total bar to trading. However, it is a cautionary sign that you will have to stay away from people when you are studying the pros and cons of the situation, trying to decide which position, if any, to take. There will be touts on every corner and in every broker age house and you are more easily influenced than most. Always bear in mind that it is your money at stake. If all these people knew so much, they would be so unbelievably wealthy that they would not be bothering to offer you advice. Interestingly enough, this very susceptibility to outside influence can be a tremendous asset in trading if used advantageously to sense general business and market conditions and trends. However, one must be very still, away from all outside pressure and suggestions, and listen to that internal knowing which will point to the correct decision.
Finally, and perhaps most important of all, you must calculate your greed quotient. Unless you are willing to settle for returns on your trading operations commensurate with your risk and original investment, you are likely to incur the additional trading hazard of greed. This trait can subvert the most carefully planned strategy because, when it is in full bloom, one loses all sense of proportion and judgment. To avoid any possibility that greed can destroy your financial success, always plot very carefully, before taking the position, what would be a reasonable return on your investment of time and money and for the most part, stay with that figure.
Now that you have completed your self-appraisal and decided that you have the required personality qualifications, it is time to consider the extent of your knowledge of mundane astrology. This specialized area is concerned with the application of astrological knowledge and techniques to the larger groups, i.e., cities, states, nations and money markets. It is particularly involved in the analysis of lunations (monthly new and full moons), eclipses, synodic conjunctions and planetary cycles as they depict world-wide trends and attitudes affecting everyone. The immediate impact of, for example, Saturn in aspect with the Sun and Moon of an eclipse will affect everyone, but the particular area of life will vary from one place to another, depending upon house location and rulership, Saturn in aspect with a monthly lunation will have a much more limited influence, lasting only the time until the next lunation.
One of the most important business indicants is the periodic (about every 20 years) synodic conjunction of the so-called "business planets", Jupiter and Saturn. An analysis of the conjunction chart itself plus the knowledge of their current interrelationship can be used to time periods of expansion as well as those of contraction and consolidation. Ignorance of this constant tidal pattern leads the unwary to over-expand during periods of optimism and, like the fabled grasshopper, to be unprepared for the inevitable rainy day. If the qualities of these planets are handled properly, there is enough expansion to prevent stagnation, but sufficient moderation and foresight to secure the advances.
CC. Zain in his book MUNDANE ASTROLOGY d«s scribes the technique for setting up and interpreting cycle charts of the planets from Mars outwards. These charts are read solely in terms of the planet for which they are erected. The transit aspects of that planet describe activity until a new cycle chart is made. While he shows an interpolative technique for timing the change-over from south to north declination the cycle chart is based on the time of entrance of a planet into north declination), I have learned that there may be several hours or days difference in time between the figure so calculated and that obtained from your local astronomical society. Since this chart is to be used as one of many predictive tools, it is extremely important to secure as accurate a time as possible. In the fall of 1973 several of these cycle charts were activated by their particular planets. The Neptune, Pluto, Saturn and Uranus charts were very busy during this period.
At the American Federation of Astrologers' Convention in Seattle (1968) Louise G. Mench gave an interesting talk on stock market trading. The gist of her comments is that the information as to one's luck or lack thereof in trading lies in a thorough study of the individual's natal chart with particular attention to the planets in the fifth house and aspects to other planets. If these planets are in stressful aspect to planets in the seventh house or the ruler thereof, it is much safer to do any speculation alone. Partners will in one way or another involve one in poor judgment and/or timing. If all the above indications are reversed, then working with partners will generally prove beneficial in trading operations.
Many individuals have charts that indicate an ability for managing money for others, but not for themselves. They should content themselves with the smaller rewards paid to money managers. They usually are excellent advisors. Again, there are those whose charts point to a very different way of earning a livelihood and they should resist the temptation of trading.
Apart from these general astrological considerations, there is one extremely important calculation to make and that is one for the "fatal flaw" point not only in your chart, but also in the chart of the stock or election chart. This point is called the Mars/Neptune mid-point,* and refers to that area in each chart where there is likely to be great disappointment because of miscalculation or unrealistic expectations as well as inherent susceptibility to error. The point is found by adding the longitudes of Mars and Neptune and dividing by two. If this mid-point is aspected in your chart by current lunations or eclipses, it is a warning to you to exercise extreme caution in your affairs during the ensuing period. If
•The Mars/Neptune sum used by Uranian astrologers is also valid. This sensitive point is found by adding the longitudes of Mars and Neptune.
this mid-point is activated in the foundation chart of some company stock you are considering, you should make a very careful analysis of current market activity and recent stockholder reports before risking your money.
While I do not intend to write a discourse on trading, as there are excellent books covering this subject in great depth and detail, I do feel that readers of this book should study this technical material and not rely solely on astrological knowledge. It is necessary to understand how mass psychology affects not only markets, but also individuals and be able to translate this information into skill in manipulation and timing .
Within the past twenty years there has developed a very popular method of trading in commodities called "contrary opinion". In short, this technique is based upon the reality that excesses bring corrections, or, as one broker I knew used to say, "When everyone gets on the same horse, the horse does not go very far." When bullish sentiment begins to approach the 90 percent level, it is about time to sell and, conversely, when bearish feeling reaches this same 90 percent level, it is time to buy. This is very logical, but seldom remembered by traders. If everyone wants to sell and no one wants to buy» or vice versa, there is an imbalance in the market and the direction of the market is about to change.
Normal bullish tendency is rated at about 65% since most people feel more secure having something or buying. Furthermore, individuals generally feel that there is something slightly immoral about going "short" or selling in the expectation of later being able to buy at a lower price. A great deal of money can be made in markets if the trader can overcome this built-in bullish bias and short stocks or com-
modifies that are about to go down in price. This path takes strong nerves because, theoretically, there is no limit to the losses if one is mistaken.
The further techniques of correlating astrological information and business charts are well described by Louise McWhirter in her book. The use of the nodal axis to determine over-all bullish and bearish tendencies is her unique contribution to this fascinating stock and commodity market game.
In summary and as an aide-memoire, I want to close with the well-known Wall Street aphorism: "Bulls make money, bears make money and hogs lose."
MaryL. Vohryzek November 21, 1976
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